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Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West.  Sheer-walled canyons, towering monoliths, colorful formations, desert bighorn sheep, soaring eagles, and a spectacular road reflect the environment and history of the plateau-and-canyon country.  Historic Rim Rock Drive offers 23 miles of breathtaking panoramic views and numerous overlooks.  Trails lead across mesa tops and to spectacular overlooks or into backcountry canyons.  Picnicking and camping are available.  At an average elevation of 6,000 feet at the rim, the climate is relatively mild but can change rapidly to snow or summer storms.  Around 275,000 people per year visit Colorado National Monument to enjoy these and other opportunities.  The monument encompasses some 20,500 acres, much of which has been recommended to Congress for designation as wilderness.